By Deb Flomberg
It covers an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island and it is home to some of the toughest and most unpredictable weather patterns and harshest temperatures. Yet, it is home to a thriving ecosystem and tons of amazing plant and animal life. The Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect location for a scenic drive and plenty of photo ops.
There are so many things to see in Joshua Tree, most notably the Joshua Tree itself, the tree that the park is named for. You can also often catch birds, lizards, sheep, coyotes and jackrabbits in the area, and of course watch out for snakes. Due to the heat of the desert, most animals are nocturnal in the area, and the best spot for viewing wildlife is at Barker Dam, which is just a short hike from the parking area by Hidden Valley.
Bring your camping gear too, as there are nine different campgrounds in the park. Three of them even have water and other facilities available. You’ll have a great time setting out in the morning on one of the many hiking trails in the area, which all provide excellent views of the spectacular scenery. Just bring plenty of water and remember to keep that sunscreen on. The extreme temperatures in the desert have claimed many victims to heat stroke, so be prepared and be safe.
The S600 Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino is a great car to make the drive, as it will let you travel in comfort and style while trekking through a harsh and unforgivable climate. While the engine on the S600 is perfect for the unpaved roads of Joshua Tree, be sure to stick to areas with low ground clearance and drive carefully. Or just stick to the paved areas of the park. No matter how you decide to enjoy all the great things to do in Joshua Tree National Park, just be sure to bring that camera, as you’ll want tons of great photos to remember this great road trip.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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